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Los siete locos (Los siete locos #1)

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El entusiasmo y la atracción de Roberto Arlt por los experimentos científicos y mecánicos forma parte de su pasion creadora.
Del ambiente de la calle, que tan bien conocia el escritor, surgieron sus mejores paginas.
De su amistad con rufianes, falsificadores y pistoleros salen personaje como los de Los Siete Locos. En esta obra encontramos una especie de " mundo al revés": u
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 30th 2006 by Mestas Ediciones (first published 1929)
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Fernando
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un amigo mío siempre me cuenta que cuando cursaba la carrera de Letras, un profesor le dijo que el ABC de la literatura argentina comenzaba con Arlt, Borges, Cortázar. Bien es sabido que escritores y profesores de letras por alguna razón, no congenian bien. Alguna vez le dijeron a otro alumno: “Si vas a ser escritor, esta no es la carrera”. Siento que hay ciertos atributos y habilidades que el escritor tiene que jamás podrán ser adquiridas estudiando una carrera de letras. Aunque parezca inveros ...more
Vit Babenco
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roberto Arlt was much ahead of his time… His gemstone may appear to be rough and uncut but it shines from the inside.
Seven Madmen is a story of the desperate revolutionary struggle…
Who is going to make the social revolution if it’s not the swindlers, the wretched, the murderers, the cheats, all the scum that suffer here below without the slightest sign of hope? Or do you reckon it’s the penpushers and the shopkeepers who are going to make the revolution?

And to arrange a revolution there must be
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Tony
Well, Cortázar loved it.

I suppose I could leave it like that. But let me outline the plot, which I think, in my telling, will not spoil the plot.

The protagonist, Erdosain, is exposed as a thief in the first few pages. He needs to return the money to his employers so he solicits the amount from a succession of acquaintances with no luck until he goes to the Astrologer, who says, "Oh, it's you, is it? Come in. You can meet the Melancholy Thug." Before long he also meets the Gold Prospector, the Ma
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Cosimo
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Immerso nel freddo

“Voglio essere il capo dei pazzi, degli innumerevoli geni apocrifi, degli squilibrati che non riescono a entrare nei centri di spiritismo e nelle cellule bolsceviche... Questi imbecilli...e glielo dico perché ne ho l'esperienza... una volta ben rigirati...infiammati quanto basta, sono capaci di eseguire azioni che a lei farebbero venire la pelle d'oca. Letterati da bar. Inventori di quartieri miserabili, profeti di parrocchia, politici da caffè e filosofi da sede di dopolavoro
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orsodimondo
Nov 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: argentina
IL PIÙ GRANDE ROMANZIERE ARGENTINO
Così è giudicato Artl da Onetti, da Puig, da Aira, da Cortazar…
Affermazione forte, e ripetuta, mai messa in discussione, che mi ha messo in soggezione, io incapace di cogliere la grandezza di Artl, sia quella che lo colloca sopra tutti, sia quella che lo rende semplicemente grande narratore.

Incapace di cogliere la sua rivoluzione linguistica (l’introduzione nei dialoghi del voseo, l’uso del vos al posto del tu, e i termini del lunfardo, il gergo della malavita
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SurferRosa
"I sette pazzi" è la prima parte di un romanzo che, se lo si vuol leggere tutto intero, si conclude con "I lanciafiamme".
Spiluzzicando qua e là un po' di saggistica sull'autore ho visto come spesso venga posto l'accento sulla lingua di Arlt, molto personale, fatta anche di strafalcioni e svirgolate (più o meno voluti, si dice, alimentando la costruzione di una figura di romanziere sgrammaticato - alimentazione cui contribuì Arlt stesso in modo divertito), scambi di sillabe, uso di termini gerg
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Liz* Fashionably Late
Apr 06, 2015 marked it as on-pause
Llegando fashionablemente tarde a esta BR con LaMala y Nanu (:
Francisco H. González
La lectura de Los lanzallamas, completaría el díptico que forma junto a Los siete locos.

Esta es la primera novela que leo de Roberto Arlt (1900-1942), y su estilo me ha subyugado. Escribió Los siete locos con 29 años, y Los lanzallamas, un par de años más tarde.

Artl gusta de arrastrar a sus personajes por el barro, no hay término medio, y todo resulta llevado al límite, ya sea de la brutalidad, del patetismo o del absurdo.

El principal protagonista es Erdosain, el Inventor –de rosas de cobre, e
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Alejandro Olaguer
Es una de mis novelas preferidas, lo he leído un montón de veces. Podría estar horas escribiendo sobre cada experiencia de lectura, pero nada de lo que pueda decir al respecto será útil. Después de 88 años los temas de esta novela siguen vigentes. Una de las mejores novelas de la historia de la literatura argentina. Además es sólo la primera parte, después la historia de Erdosain y sus amigos continúa en Los Lanzallamas.
No hay libros universalmente "imprescindibles", pero este lo es para mí.
[P]
Nov 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have made mention of my poor upbringing, the trying circumstances in which I was raised, in numerous reviews. It’s something that never seems to go away, is always there, creeping around at the back of my mind like some sinister, hungry woodland creature. As I was so miserable, I would regularly fantasise about escape, about far off places, or extravagant reversals of fortune. Each night I would imagine myself on a raft, in the middle of an ocean as bright as neon bar signs, with sleek sharks ...more
Aprile
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
dell’impossibilità di raccontar di un sogno
così mi sento - nell’impossibilità di raccontare di questo libro, di renderne l’idea con un minimo di precisione - come quando ci si sveglia e si vorrebbe, e si prova, a raccontare un sogno a chi ti sta accanto. Tendenzialmente, non ci provo più, perché mai mi riusciva di rendere le sensazioni, le confusioni, le imprecisioni, le assurdità del sogno. Le parole dette stonano con le visioni colte per un attimo e l’interesse dell’ascoltatore non viene risve
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Rosenkavalier
L'espressionismo magico (desagradable, pero fuerte)

"Detrás del descuido de Roberto Arlt, yo siento una especie de fuerza. De fuerza desagradable, desde luego, pero de fuerza" (J. L. Borges).

Nella Buenos Aires del 1929 girava gente di tutti i tipi.
I sette pazzi del titolo sono gli improbabili attori di una rivoluzione che avrebbe fatto la felicità degli alimentatori di teorie del complotto (se fossero esistiti all'epoca).
Una rivoluzione nè fascista nè bolscevica, forse tutte e due insieme, alimen
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Kenchiin
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Perturbante.
La Mala ✌
Tengo la cabeza medio alterada, mañana haré una reseña decente. Cuando me recupere.

Mientras tanto,

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Alden Weer
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Perdón, me aburrí. Se lo digo a los otros, a Roberto, a Piglia y un poco a mí mismo; porque es un libro donde prestando atención a los detalles de vez en cuando se encuentra algo genial y capaz grandioso. De entre lo más a mano que recuerdo está esa idea de fundar un imperio nuevo basado en una mentira, pero sin que importe cuál sea esa mentira; primero como plan para hacerse con todo el poder y en las últimas páginas capaz ya más como necesidad de una sociedad donde las mentiras antiguas (crist ...more
Ben Winch
I wasn't quite convinced by this one - it seemed too plotless and random, like Dostoevsky but without the inspired passages that make a hard slog like The Idiot worth the hassle. It may be that the translation is partly to blame, or that a second reading will help, but even so I doubt this will ever be something I'll truly love. Perhaps tellingly, Arlt is a favourite of Julio Cortazar's, another guy who I feel is either ill-served by translators or not my cup of tea. These novels where people ju ...more
David
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book and Dostoevsky's "The Possessed" are two comical books about difficulty of pulling off a socialists revolution. In Arlt's book Erdosain loses his job, his wife runs off with another man and he falls in with some inept men planning to overthrow the Argentine government lead by a man called the Astrologer. He has a vision of ending unemployment by enslaving workers to work in a factory in a mountain. What could possibly gp wrong? As in "The Possessed" the plan revolves around the death o ...more
Theut
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Puro e semplice genio: il libro mi aspettava da anni ma solo adesso l'ho preso in mano e... sicuramente ne è valsa la pena. E' impossibile descrivere un sogno, l'insieme di sensazioni che portano a una sequenza di azioni (più o meno reali) che dovrebbero modificare la società nel suo insieme. Arlt rende benissimo le incertezze e le illusioni/disillusioni dei suoi compatrioti (ma solo loro?).
Unico neo: il romanzo non ha una sua propria fine, occorrerà leggere I lanciafiamme...
Laura Jácome
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Es curioso observar cómo el mundo interior de un personaje sobrepasa a la historia misma. Ese es el caso de "Los siete locos", que tiene como personaje como principal a la angustia. Sí, a la angustia, a la búsqueda de sentido de una vida fallida, a los sueños incumplidos y frustrados, a las noches de vigilia plagadas de un sinnúmero de ideas sin materializar, de pensamientos sobre lo que pudo ser pero nunca será. Todo esto a través de una prosa fluida y de descripciones detalladas que preceden c ...more
Sini
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rond 1930 publiceerde de Argentijn Roberto Arlt het tweeluik "De zeven gekken" en "De vlammenwerpers", dat vanwege zijn totaal waanzinnige inhoud en vorm volkomen de grond in werd geboord. Maar later werd het bejubeld als meesterwerk en klassieker, vooral in Argentinië zelf maar ook daarbuiten. En nu ik beide boeken eindelijk eens een keer gelezen heb jubel ik uit volle borst mee. Dit tweeluik vereist door zijn grillige plot en barokke stijl wel veel concentratie, en zelf had ik ook forse moeite ...more
Carlos
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, read-2011
The Seven Madmen is the sort of work that never seems to lose its impact. Even 80 years after its original publication, there's something uniquely unsettling about Arlt's account of one man's involvement in a bizarre criminal conspiracy. The man in question, Remo Erdosain, finds himself in trouble at the beginning of the novel. His bosses at The Sugar Company have figured out that he has been embezzling, and give him a day to return the money he has robbed. To make things worse, when he gets hom ...more
Jacob Wren
May 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Roberto Arlt on forming a secret society:


I’m telling you honestly – I don’t know if our society would be Bolshevik or fascist. Sometimes I think the best thing would be to concoct such an unholy mixture that not even God could untangle it. I’m being completely frank with you now. For the moment, what I’m aiming for is a huge undefined mass which could accommodate every possible human aspiration. My plan is to target young Bolsheviks, students and intelligent proletarians. We will also welcome al
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Pickle Farmer
May 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing sentences glittering throughout this book. Reminded me of a 1920's Fight Club. Arlt is the man.
James Murphy
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a novel about a kind of schlemiel who loses his job after he embezzled from the firm he works for. Then his wife leaves him. Cast adrift by the unlucky turns his life has taken, he falls in with a ragtag, unwholesome group of men led by The Astrologer. They plan to overthrow the existing societal and governmental order and replace it with a new industrialization run by the enslavement of the masses. Unemployment will be a thing of the past, and the fiscal needs of the new state will be p ...more
Kevin Tole
Not an easy book to track down but well worth the effort. This is Roberto Arlt's second book. It's a harder read than Mad Toy (El Jugete Rabioso) but in many ways a far far deeper book. Said to be auto-biographical it shows the multi-layering which has become to be known as the sense of many South American writers.

Ostensibly the tale of Erdosain, a petty under-employed thief and his plan with The Astrologer to kidnap and murder a man for his money so that they can embark on their masterplan to s
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Gabriele
Potrei riassumere questo libro dicendovi di diffidare sempre quando, nelle note biografiche dell’autore, trovate scritto “il più grande romanziere” di questa o quell’altra località geografica. Roberto Arlt, argentino, pubblica “I sette pazzi” nel 1929, un romanzo sicuramente avanti nei tempi ma che soddisfazione, ahimé, me ne ha lasciata ben poca. La trama è quanto di più bizzarro ci si potrebbe aspettare, i personaggi fin troppo particolari, costruiti a tavolino e dunque poco credibili, l’ambie ...more
jeremy
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
from julio cortázar's 1981 introduction:
from the tangled skein of misanthropy, megalomiania, miserabilismo, masochism, faustian drive, schopenhauerian negativity, and a bergsonian leap toward a dionysian dynamic (plus, of course, nietzsche); from that voluntary hell in permanent rebellion, drenched in a longing for open skies, earthly paradises, flights into the absolute; from that anarchism in search of fascist or nihilistic praxis, the rejection of proletariat filth and bourgeoisie filth alik
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Karina
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latin, reviewed

For most people here in England mention Argentina and they think of the Falklands War. Either that or the football rivalry between the two countries which lasted over four decades. But to those of us who study the culture of Latin America more closely Argentina represents a vibrant literary scene. It has produced several notable writers among them Borges, Cortazar, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Macedonio Fernandez
The blurb describes the author as the father of the Argentine novel yet there are echoes of
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Ste Pic
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sur
l'ottavo pazzo

Sono sicuramente l'ottavo pazzo perché ho apprezzato questo romanzo di arlt che forse potrebbe meritare un giudizio più magnanimo se solo accanto agli "alti" non avesse proposto sovente dei "bassi" imbarazzanti . ci ho trovato molto umorismo e angoscia (strano mix), critica sociale e grotteschi personaggi che si riuniscono in strampalate congreghe e meditano pazzesche rivoluzioni. E come non rilevare la vena profetica, l'aver descritto una società in profonda crisi economica e di
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Agus
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Las tres estrellas no se correlacionan con la calidad de la novela, solo sigo las reglas de la pagina y estas dictan que tres estrellas significa que me gustó. Eso. Me gustó. Arlt tiene un manejo de la narración que se siente muy propio de él, a pesar de que esta es la primera novela que leo de él. Se da una extraña relación de oposición funcional donde tenemos personajes y paisajes profundamente sórdidos y lumpen pero siendo descritos en una prosa poética y profundamente estilizada. Arlt trata ...more
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NYRB Classics: The Seven Madmen, by Roberto Arlt 4 39 Jan 13, 2016 12:34PM  
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  • Adán Buenosayres
  • La pesquisa
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  • Triste, solitario y final
  • Don Segundo Sombra
  • Operación Masacre
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  • The Museum of Eterna's Novel (The First Good Novel)
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Roberto Arlt was an Argentine writer born Roberto Godofredo Christophersen Arlt in Buenos Aires on April 2, 1900. His parents were both immigrants: his father Karl Arlt was a Prussian from Posen (now Poznan in present-day Poland) and his mother was Ekatherine Iobstraibitzer, a native of Trieste and Italian speaking. German was the language commonly used at their home. His relationship with his fat ...more
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